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Dan Fisher of Yukon defeated El Reno Mayor, Matt White, in the Republican primary election for the new House District 60.
 
By Jon Watje
Managing Editor 

Yukon pastor, Dan Fisher, defeated El Reno Mayor, Matt White, in the Republican Primary Election for House District 60 last week. According to the Canadian County Election Board, Fisher edged White 1,295 to 1,087 with 54 percent of the votes. 

Fisher will next face Hinton Democrat, Kendra Menz-Kimble in the Nov. 6 General Election. 

“First, I want to congratulate Matt White on being a fierce competitor,” Fisher said. “He is a good guy and kept a clean campaign and I think we both stuck on the issues. I also want to thank the enormous amount of people who have helped me during the campaign and the voters who entrusted me. It is a tremendous honor and something I don’t take lightly.” 

The new District 60 formed after the recent redistricting in the state due to population changes.
 
Fisher said the district goes from Yukon west, past Hinton to the Custer County line, and then as far north as Interstate 40 south to Union City, Lookeba and even to Carnegie. 

“It is a fairly large district,” Fisher said. 

Fisher is the pastor at the Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon and hopes to fight for traditional principles and conservative values. This is his first run for an elected office.
 
“I believe America never could have come to be if it were not for the effort of those preachers and I’m not going to stand by and watch our country spiral downward into socialism,” he said. “I’ve encouraged many people in my church to run for office and now I need to lead by example.”

If elected, Fisher said he wants to focus his efforts on preserving traditional values and trimming the size of state government. He said he would like to see the legislature continue to push for the “Personhood Bill”, lower income taxes and state spending. He said he’s in favor of cutting funding for OETA and the Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City. 

“They talked about cutting taxes but then they increased spending by three percent,” he said. “
Fisher also plans to fight several national issues which have local impacts, including national healthcare, immigration and environmental regulations. 

“I always thought it should be the office that seeks the man, rather than the other way around,” he said. “And I found out I lived in the new district and was encouraged by some people to run in the open race.”

Fisher grew up in Van Buren, Ark. and graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and mathematics. After college, he worked as a schoolteacher and began a pastoral apprentice at First Baptist Church in Ft. Smith, Ark. 

In 1983, he moved to Oklahoma and became the pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Poteau. He served there for eight years. In 1992, he was called as the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon where he continues to serve today.

Dan and his wife Pam have been married for 30 years and have two children, Jacob, 24, and wife Brittany, and Rebekah, 19. The family raised a few horses on their 20 acres located between Yukon and El Reno, where they live in a log house they built themselves. 

In his free time, Fisher travels the country presenting “Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment” presentation. In full period costume, he tells the inspiring story of the clergy. He is also working on a book about the historical figures. 

“I want to represent the citizens views and work hard for them at the capitol,” Fisher said. “I knocked on hundreds of doors and almost everyone shared the same concern. They are concerned about big government and that it’s out of control.”


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